Mount Union College Media Computing Students Gain Practical Experience

April 15, 2010

The media computing program at Mount Union College is providing students with hands-on, practical experience and four seniors have discovered this opportunity personally through different internships.

Nick Hammonds of Minerva participated in an internship at Iowa State University in Ames. From June to early August 2006, he was in the Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education for Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE-EIT). This program was funded by the National Science Foundation and Hammonds, a media computing major and music minor, was chosen to participate along with 14 other students.

During his stay in Iowa, Hammonds was a research assistant from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the morning, he would go to class then after lunch the students would work on a research project in groups of three with a graduate student serving as a mentor.

"My favorite part of the internship was working with a 3D modeling application," said Hammonds. "This internship got me more acquainted with a nine-to-five schedule and provided me with a new experience, since I had never done research before."

Kay Sas of Elyria a media computing major and with a minor in both business and art, applied her knowledge of these fields for Kuno Creative Group in Lorain. She worked for this advertising and marketing agency in the summers of 2005 and 2006.

She worked in support and multimedia and participated in activities such as traffic control, quotes, updating websites, advertising and flash tutorials. Her favorite part was working on the advertisements because then she could see the finished product in the paper.

"This internship provided me with a link to my future, "said Sas. "I have been offered a job from this company serving as an assistant account manager. I feel that this has provided me with hands-on skills that will help me in future endeavors."

Lexi Stover of Cranberry, Pennsylvania and Sarah McGinness of Fairview Park have been assigned a project with two students from the University of Exeter in England. This project will fulfill their Senior Culminating Experience (SCE), and they were proposed this opportunity by Dr.Louise Moses, professor of computer science and information systems, who visited there over the summer.

Both are media computing majors and Stover has a minor in art, while McGinness is pursuing a minor in math. They have been working on creating a computer program with the students from Exeter. Stover and McGinness are in charge of all of the visuals including layouts, formats, designs, creations of the poster templates and flash movies. The students from Exeter are in charge of the computer programming. They will hold conferences with these students and by December the computer program will be complete.

They have enjoyed the whole experience so far and they both agreed that this wonderful opportunity will open doors for their futures. Also, they are very excited to actually see the finished product.

All in all, each of these seniors have enjoyed their personal experience with their internship and these will provide each of them with the experience necessary for a successful future.

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